Oxford Handbook of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation / Edition 3

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Modern medicine is highly complex and investigations are a key part of the diagnostic process. With major advances in technology there are thousands of clinical and laboratory tests available. This book provides a patient-oriented approach to investigation. The first chapter describes key symptoms and signs along with tests that may be of value in reaching a diagnosis. The remainder of the book is specialty-centred and provides a comprehensive review of all available tests within a given subject. The aim is of the book is to provide a more rational method of investigation and prevent over-investigation which is expensive for the hospital and unpleasant for the patient. It emphasises which tests are of value, when tests are not likely to be helpful, along with pitfalls in the interpretation of results. This new editoon has been updated throughout to incorporate current investigations and management of disease. Chapters on rheumatology, radiology, and renal medicine have been extensively revised. With contributions from active clinicians who are engaged in medical practice, the book will be of value to senior medical students facing finals examinations, and junior doctors who are responsible for ordering tests on their patients. Features
• An indispensable guide to investigative techniques written by an experienced team of active clinicians
• Revised throughout to reflect current investigations and management of disease
• Chapters on rheumatology, radiology, and renal disease have been extensively revised
• Extensively illustrated to aid understanding of the more complex investigations and interpretation of results
• Algorithms are used to enhance understanding by providing a logical flow of information
• Internet references are given throughout so readers can look up the latest developments
• Fully revised and updated throughout, in line with the latest medical management
• Chapters on rheumatology, radiology, and renal disease

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This is the third edition of a book that outlines the diagnostic workup based on the U.K. approach to medicine, particularly the laboratory tests.
Purpose: It is designed to be a memory jogger for clinicians faced with staying current with medical developments, providing them with the current thinking in specific situations. The goals are worthwhile and the editors and contributors have provided a set of standards for U.K. clinicians.
Audience: It is primarily focused on U.K. primary care practitioners. The contributors are all experienced clinicians and consultants and authorities in their fields.
Features: The book is divided into chapters addressing signs and symptoms and organ systems. There is also a section on imaging studies and their place in the diagnostic process. It must be noted that these approaches are reflective of the state of practice in the U.K. and not necessarily accepted in the U.S. Except for a few cardiology images, the images are in black and white, which does tend to limit the utility.
Assessment: For U.K. primary care clinicians, this book is reasonably helpful and it has value for medical libraries as a reference.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199233717
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 920
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Drew Provan is Senior Lecturer in Haematology, St Bartholomew's & The Royal London Hospital School of Medicine & Dentistry, London, UK Andrew Krentz is Honorary Senior Lecturer in Medicine, Southampton General Hospitals NHS Trust, Southampton, UK

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Table of Contents

Symbols & abbreviations
Introduction: Approach to investigations
Pt. 1 The patient
1 Symptoms and signs 3
Pt. 2 Investigations
2 Endocrinology and metabolism 99
3 Haematology 165
4 Immunology 241
S Infectious & tropical diseases 257
6 Cardiology 393
7 Gastroenterology 325
8 Respiratory medicine 355
9 Neurology 383
10 Renal medicine 423
11 Poisoning and overdose 459
12 Rheumatology 487
13 Radiology 495
14 Nuclear medicine 539
15 Normal ranges 583
Index 585
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